The Dinner Party

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The Dinner Party
ArtistJudy Chicago
Year1979 (1979)
TypeMixed media
LocationBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
OwnerBrooklyn Museum

The Dinner Party is an art installation that was created by artist Judy Chicago from 1974 through 1979.[1] Chicago made the art work with the help of many volunteers. It was first shown in 1979 at the at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is considered to be an important early part of the Feminist Art movement.[2] It was purchased by the Brooklyn Museum in 2002.[1]

The table is triangular and measures 48 feet (14.63 m) on each side. There are 13 place settings on each of the table's sides, making 39 in all. Wing I honors women from Prehistory to the Roman Empire, Wing II honors women from the beginnings of Christianity to the Reformation and Wing III from the American Revolution to feminism.[3]

Each place setting features a table runner embroidered with the woman's name and images or symbols relating to her accomplishments, with a napkin, utensils, a glass or goblet, and a plate. Many of the plates feature a butterfly- or flower-like sculpture representing a vulva. A cooperative effort of female and male artisans, The Dinner Party is created with artistic techniques historically thought to be work done by women. These techniques include textile arts (weaving, embroidery, sewing) and china painting.[3]

Women represented in the place settings[change | change source]

The 39 women with places at the table are:

Wing I: From Prehistory to the Roman Empire
1. Primordial Goddess
2. Fertile Goddess
3. Ishtar
4. Kali
5. Snake Goddess
6. Sophia
7. Amazon
8. Hatshepsut
9. Judith
10. Sappho
11. Aspasia
12. Boadicea
13. Hypatia

Wing II: From the Beginnings of Christianity to the Reformation
14. Marcella
15. Saint Bridget
16. Theodora
17. Hrosvitha
18. Trota of Salerno
19. Eleanor of Aquitaine
20. Hildegard of Bingen
21. Petronilla de Meath
22. Christine de Pisan
23. Isabella d'Este
24. Elizabeth I
25. Artemisia Gentileschi
26. Anna van Schurman

Wing III: From the American to the Women's Revolution
27. Anne Hutchinson
28. Sacajawea
29. Caroline Herschel
30. Mary Wollstonecraft
31. Sojourner Truth
32. Susan B. Anthony
33. Elizabeth Blackwell
34. Emily Dickinson
35. Ethel Smyth
36. Margaret Sanger
37. Natalie Barney
38. Virginia Woolf
39. Georgia O'Keeffe

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  2. "Judy Chicago". Britannica. 16 July 2023. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chicago, Judy (2007). The dinner party: from creation to preservation. London: Merrell. p. 10. ISBN 1-85894-370-1.